This book is an original and accessible guide to these ambiguities and complexities. Cribb and Gewirtz clarify the nature of professionalism and explain and defend its importance, providing an understanding of, and an analytical engagement with, both idealistic and critical perspectives. In addition, the authors assess the implications of contemporary policy trends for professional work, showing how they may be radically altering our understanding of the 'good' professional.
This inviting and reflective study draws upon examples and case studies and weaves in a range of relevant theoretical concepts and perspectives. Written in a style that encourages and supports further reflection on this complex topic, Professionalism is the only book of its kind for practitioners, researchers and students in health and social care.
Chapter 1 Heroes and anti–heroes
Chapter 2 Varieties of professionalism
Chapter 3 Impossible dreams
Chapter 4 Licensed to care
Chapter 5 Integrity at work
Chapter 6 Supporting professionalism
Chapter 7 Professional identities
"Don t let the fact this is a good read mislead you into thinking this book is lightweight. It isn t. It deals with important arguments that concern us all – about the place of the professions in modern society and whether we can trust the professionalism of individuals when we need them. Accessible and beautifully written the best book on the topic since the 70s."
Jocelyn Cornwell, founder and Chief Executive of The Point of Care Foundation
"At a time when the public has grown skeptical of the practice and wisdom of professionals – from education, to law, to medicine – Alan Cribb and Sharon Gewirtz offer much–need perspicacity on professionalism in health and social care. They take up and deconstruct critical and complex topics with stunning clarity of thought and superbly accessible writing. This is a must read for all those who call themselves professionals and want to understand the nuanced challenges professionals face, not only in forming their own social identities but also in executing their work in competent, ethical, and humane ways that serve the public good."
John P. Allegrante, Columbia University